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Paiute ATV Trail – Cottonwood Canyon – Trail 77
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Overview
Location

Marysvale, Utah

Sights

Huge Mountains, Mining Relics

Parking Lot Elevation

5,947

Summit Elevation

11,200

Elevation Gain/Loss

5,253

Time Required

2-5 Hours

Fees

No

Water Info

Pack your own

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Gravel road suitable to any high clearance 4x4 vehicle

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

GPS Coordinates:

Bullion Canyon Trail Head:38.41360N, 112.32752W
Cottonwood Canyon Trail Head:38.37773N, 112.25671W

Driving Directions



The Trail:

The Paiute ATV Trail is a massive trail system with over 2000 miles to explore. The trails are mainly in the Tushar and Pahvant Mountains. There are so many trails and ways to reach them that it is pointless to set out completely specific rides. I can however show areas that are my personal favorites. You must have a map to ride this trail system. The trails illustrated is great and can be found in all the nearby towns for about ten bucks. There are 3 types of trail. Open to all vehicles, 50 inches or less, and 60 inches or less. Please obey all of these rules so the trails can remain open for all.

Cottonwood canyon is trail number 77. You can go either direction but we started in Bullion Canyon and ended back in Marysvale. The turn off of Bullion Canyon is right next to the turn off for Bullion Falls. It is very easy to mix this ride with a visit to the falls and the miners park. From Bullion Canyon the trail climbs steeply with many switchbacks. It is not a difficult road. It is very beautiful and goes through a lot of forest.

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You will soon come to an open area with a beautiful view east toward Monroe Mountain. This is a great place to have lunch. It is called Hennesy Point.

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Once into the upper valley there are several side trails to explore. Just make sure you obey all private land signs. There is a fun side trail that we did that was more challenging than the main road. It headed toward Mount Brigham and ended well over 11,000 feet at a trail head for Delano Peak.DCIM104GOPRO

From the trail head you can look out and get great views of Mount Holly with its huge squared summit and impressive cliffs. Delano Peak is the just to the right of Mount Holly. Delano Peak is the highest in the Tushar Mountains at 12,169 feet but Mount Holly is much more spectacular.

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Back on the main road we were able to see some mining relics. There was an old mill, cabins, and equipment. The fall colors were amazing!

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There were amazing views of Mount Holly, and Delano Peak from the mill site.

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We also found a great rock to park on and take a group photo. Two of us ate snacks and watched the Clark’s Nutcrackers collect their seeds, and one of us, our friend Jeff, took a short nap. It was just a really pleasant day relaxing and taking in the views.

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As you continue along the main road you will see a cool old cabin on the edge of some cliffs. It is private and is posted so stay out of the cabin. I wish it was my plot of land because it would be awesome to have a cabin here.

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The road continues to wind back down the canyon and turns back into the desert vegetation before ending at the highway near Marysvale.

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Personal Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this ride. It ended up being one of the prettiest I have ever been on. Its a must do for anyone exploring the Paiute Trail. Be sure to visit our full guide to the Paiute Trail.

Paiute Trail Guide

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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